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Fine Taisho Period (1912-1926) Japanese lacquer ink box (suzuribako). This oval suzuribako is very unusual in shape and in surface treatment. The surface is painted wood grain with a gold high relief painting of a branch of kumquats. There is a single tray inside. The artist's name (Hisayoshi) is signed under the cover in gold.
An Imperial presentation gold lacquer suzuribako and cover by Akatsuka Jitoku, 20th century,with rounded corners and an overhanging lid, decorated with a flowering yatsude, the design extending over the lid to two sides, the kikumon appearing prominently on the lid, containing en-suite fitted, movable trays for an ink-stone, a silvered-metal mizuire chased with trailing kiku, an ink-stick holder, a spike, a knife, and two brushes with nashiji holders and silver fittings